Hike Overview

This trail is rugged, steep, and makes 1300 feet in elevation gain before reaching the summit of Mitchell Point overlooking the Columbia River.  The trail starts in Wygant State park a few miles west of Hood River.  This area is located 50 miles east of Portland and provides a subtle mix of desert and forest.  The area that extends from here and is visible is the desert part of the Columbia Gorge.  You can get good sun and ls including this one.

Trail BetaHighly recommended, top 100 gorge classic trail

2 miles out and back, 1300 feet elevation gain, great vistas, cliffs, warm in summer.

Two large cliffs dominate the landscape here and give visitors great rock escarpments to explore while hiking.  This trail is not dog or kid friendly due to the elevation and moderate difficulty of the hike.  The views from Mitchell Point are some of the best in this part of the Columbia River Gorge.  Expect to have the majority of this area to yourself.

Trail Route

Start at exit 58′s pull off for Wygant and Mitchell Point.  Follow the well-marked trail for Mitchell Point

Follow the trail up switchbacks for .7 mile and take the optional .3 mile trail spur if you want the sub-peak or just continue one more mile up the main trail for the Mitchell Point main vista.

Return Via the  same trail.  This is 2 miles if you go out and back to the parking lot.

Finding the trail

50 miles from Portland on I-84 just before Hood River take exit 58 and veer right to park at the well-marked lot for Wygant trail and Mitchell Point.  Be aware of occasional vehicle breakins here.